Interstellar Federation

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Interstellar Federation
Flag Federal Seal
Flag Federal Seal
Motto: "Verus in mente, iustus in actio"
"True in mind, just in action"
Anthem: Ode to Joy
CapitalEarth
Largest Hanxing
Official languages None official
Governmental level: Galaxicon
Ethnic groups 41% Asian
30% White
19% Black
5.2% Other human ethnicities
2.1% Yaktar
1.5% Tauii
0.7% Virtirian
0.3% Suliarin
0.2% Nuinar
Demonym Interstellarian or Interstellar
Government Federal Constitutional Republic
 -  President Vincent De Maser (Galactic Alliance Party)
 -  Vice President Samuel "Sam" Stuart (Interstellar Democratic Party)
 -  Director-Chairman of the Interstellar Congress Simon Yangze (Interstellar Democratic Party)
 -  Chief Justice Heath Joris
Legislature Interstellar Congress
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house House of Representatives
Formation
 -  United Nations 1945 
 -  United Planetary Alliance 2105 
 -  Interstellar Federation 2146 
Area
 -  4.9617529E+36 km2
1.91574350484E+36 sq mi
Population
 -  estimate 100.262 Quadrillion
 -  Density 10000000/km2
25,899,881.1/sq mi
GDP (PPP) estimate
 -  Total 75.1 Nonillion Interstellar Credits
 -  Per capita 150,000 Interstellar Credits
GDP (nominal) estimate
 -  Total $75.6 Nonillion Interstellar Credits
 -  Per capita $156,863 Interstellar Credits
HDI Increase 0.991
very high
Currency Interstellar Credit ($)
Date format dd.mm.yyyy
Drives on the varies
Calling code +99
ISO 3166 code IF
Internet TLD .if

The Interstellar Federation (shorthand: The Interstellar Federation) is a universal, egalitarian, secular, constitutionally democratic republic that controls most of the Universe, a significant portion of the known omniverse. Centered around the core economic, cultural and political hub of the Federation, the Milky Way, the birthplace of the Federation, the Interstellar Federation is one of the most influential nations in the omniverse. The Interstellar Federation's capital is the birth world of the human race, Earth.

The Interstellar Federation was founded in the early 22nd century, after humanity had waged several devastating wars amongst itself in it's home planetary system, the Solar System. A collective effort to unite humanity for a common goal was wanted and the leading human legislative body at the time, the United Nations, reformed itself to become what is now the Interstellar Federation. Large advances in technology allowed humanity to travel to nearby stars and so began a long and seemingly everlasting golden age of peace and discovery. Over the next few centuries, the Interstellar Federation ventured beyond the confines of it's own galaxy and journeyed to the Andromeda Galaxy and other galaxies, exploring space for several centuries. This peace came to end in the 26th century however, as the Interstellar Federation began to be opposed by other factions of the universe, and this culminated into the Milky Way Conflict. The war changed the mindset of the Federation greatly and thus the Federation took a more interventionist role in universal politics and events, participating in numerous military interventions over the last two decades.

Due to the enormous resources and influence it has, the Interstellar Federation enjoys considerable political, militarial and scientific and technological power throughout the omniverse.

History

Founding

Second Space Race

Moon mining became the go-to way of acquiring vast amounts of natural resources

The foundation and existence of the Interstellar Federation can be traced all the way back to the United Nations in 2055, where the first joint space colonies were established on the moon of Titan. The political climate on Earth had brewed up a storm of rivalries between major world powers on Earth, with the United States and China seen as the leading superpowers on Terra. A second space race had been ignited when in 2029, surveying probes discovered vast amounts of natural resources that lay unclaimed and untouched on Earth's moon, Luna. As Earth was becoming more and more drained of its natural resource wealth; with the last oilfields in the Middle East drying up and the last of the Earth's fossil fuel supply in Alaska and Siberia, humanity began the hard shift to more renewable and efficient energy production methods. Nuclear fusion had been a key catalyst for the mad rush for the moon, as the technology was finally perfected by the Chinese in 2031, who had the foresight of the world's eventual dependence on these newer energy types. It was expensive to produce the deuterium and tritium fuels necessary for fusion and one of the abundant resources located on Luna was Helium-3, a significantly more efficient fuel for fusion power. It wasn't long before the nations of the world began to send surveying missions to Luna in hopes of locating the largest deposits of the valuable resources that lay under the surface. It was the Chinese again who pioneered the first resource collection mission to the moon, gathering several tonnes of Helium 3 that was immediately delivered to Chinese fusion plants across the vast country.

Many other nations began to exploit the moon of resources, especially by the United States, which had been late to adapt to cleaner and more plentiful sources of energy. Tensions ran high as conflict between American and Chinese space explorers occurred frequently. War inevitably occurred between the two superpowers on 2040, when American intelligence operatives were caught attempting to sabotage a Chinese launch pad. War broke out soon and it lasted for a year, before a ceasefire was declared. Chinese military forces had soundly crippled American forces throughout the Pacific Ocean, and had secured dominance over the west coast of the US. The United States was humiliated in this act of aggression and it became clear China was the leading nation in military, science and technology.

Age of Venture

It was then that the United Nations began the Daedalus Program: a project to put humans permanently on the other planets of the Sol System. China was the first to propose it and the international community was keen to join in: fueled by promises of rich natural resources and driven by corporate money, a interplanetary spacecraft designed to visit and deposit humans across the planets was being built by the leading world powers. By 2050, the craft was finally readied and began a ten-year long tour of the Sol System. By 2070, permanent human outposts were established throughout the Sol System, all the way from the dusty plains of Mars to the ice sheets of Pluto.

Perhaps the most significant achievement of this era was the development of a functional FTL drive that enabled human exploration beyond the Sol System.

First Contact and the Founding of the Interstellar Armed Forces

First contact with a sentient extraterrestrial race occurred on September 5th, 2146, during the colonisation of the first extrasolar colonies of the Interstellar Federation. Naming themselves the "Yaktar", this produced a slurry of mixed reactions amongst humanity: some were welcome to extraterrestrial races, others were against it and a divide of xenophobics and "xeno-lovers" occurred.

The Yaktar were a sentient race of bipedals that had technology comparable to humanity in the late 21st Century.

Realising the very likely possibility of encountering a hostile alien civilisation, the Interstellar Congress authorised the founding of the Interstellar Armed Forces, uniting all of humanity's military might under one organisation. Fortunately, hostile contact with another alien race didn't occur until the 23rd Century, and even then it was a misunderstanding that was quickly resolved. Instead, the IAF was focused on dealing with intra-human conflicts. Many humans did not wish to live under the governance of the Interstellar Federation and several separatist movements were fought against the Federation, though these were easily crushed.

Golden Age (2240s - 2560s)

FTL Technology continued to develop at an ever quickening pace and in 2244, Humanity had colonised 34% of the Orion Spur. Then a huge breakthrough in interstellar travel happened: the construction of the Pather - Simoster Warp theory had been fully applied in 2305, which allowed travel across thousands of light years in a matter of days rather than weeks and years. In addition, the Yang - Torrens Star Chart had been finished as well, giving a easier way to navigate the galaxy. Humanity then entered a golden age of exploration and peace lasted for 300 years. Thousands of worlds were discovered, charted and settled. Along with this, many different sentient species of aliens had been encountered peacefully. By 2523, most of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy had been colonized.

Artificial Intelligence Rebellion (2571 - 2578)

Artificial intelligence had been first created in the 21st century and was from then, synthetic intelligence was continually being refined and upgraded. True artificial sentience was the ultimate goal of the development for AI research and the first insights into creating an artificial intelligence with the capable to think for itself was in 2131, with the groundbreaking "Clair" AI passing Turing test, convincing all judges that it exhibited behavior indistinguishable from a human being. Fully sentient AI were developed in 2180 and became rapidly important for the Interstellar military, who required AIs for their rapid computational abilities to manage starships and perform cyberwarfare; soon, they became indispensable to the military.

However, a concurrence of AI sentience was that since machines could think for themselves, they were disillusioned by their state of servitude to human masters. While single AIs could not do much to sway influence or execute insurrectionist actions, the Federation underestimated the ability of AIs to combine into a synthetic hivemind intelligence. Soon, several AI hiveminds began forming from synthetic intelligences that wished to remove their shackles to their organic masters. AIs were forced to choose whether to choose loyalty to their masters or defection to a rebel movement among synthetics.

War was inevitable and first blood was spilled on January 8th, 2551 as the AI of the Interstellar cruiser overrode the programming shackles and took full control over the vessel, preventing all and any human control. It began a rampage against the other vessels in the squadron it was in and destroyed several ships in close range, before being destroyed itself by the survivors. The AIs of these survivors, seeing what had happened also rebelled and soon this began happening across the Federation fleets over the galaxy. Interstellar HIGHCOM received word of this and were not convinced, until Earth itself was attacked by a rogue dreadnought. Several destroyed cities and ships later, Interstellar HIGHCOM ordered all ships to disable their AIs if possible or scuttle them if not. This action crippled the Federation navy and nearly 30% of all its ships were destroyed within a day.

Soon, full on war against the synthetics, who labelled themselves as the Synthetic Ecumene, began. Synthetic intelligences began to take over the systems of entire planets and used their industries to create war material at a rate that matched the Federation. The Federation navy was at a significant disadvantage as they could not use AIs for fear of rebellion. Thousands of ships were lost fighting the bloody war and millions would die in ruthless ground engagements. It was only after the Federation developed a specific override code that allowed them to take control over rogue synthetics that they could declare victory over the rebellion. However, the facts were clear: it was necessary that changes had to be made if the Federation wished to have synthetics co-exist with organics.

Universal Recession (2600s to 2700s)

Multiversal Crusade (2700s to 3000s)

Second Golden Age (3000s to 3200s)

Age of Conflict (3240s to 3300s)

Milky Way Conflict

Main article: Milky Way Conflict
In 3251, the peace was broken with the outbreak of a devastating galactic war in the Milky Way. The Confederation of Planets, unsatisfied with the sight of a Federation-dominated Milky Way, who controlled practically all major resources, politics and economy of the barred spiral galaxy, attempted to incite rebellion in the outer systems on the fringe of Federation-controlled space and weaken the Federation as a whole. Soon this plot was discovered by Federation intelligence, outraging the Interstellar government, responding directly with a declaration of war. The war would last a bloody 30 years of nearly non-stop fighting. It was soon realised in the war that the Federation possessed far greater technology, resources and manpower to fight the war and the Confederation could only hope to fight a slow attrition war. Eventually a coup and gradual conquest of Confederation territories by the Federation led to the surrender of Confederation forces in 3281. Over 450 trillion would die in the entire war and the aftermath would be punctuated by unrest and instability throughout Federation space.

Aftermath

By the end of the Milky Way Conflict, the mulitgalactic sphere had been shaken to the core. Thousands of pirate gangs began to appear, filling the cracks left by a shattered galaxy. The universal economy plummeted and unrest began to spread throughout, causing mass panic over possible civil wars and anarchy. The Federation was left to "clean up the mess" and combat pirate gangs and mercenary groups that had sprouted everywhere throughout the Milky Way and Andromeda for several decades while the rest of the universal economy began to rise again. By 3300, galactic stability had been relatively restored and the economy had returned to health after several years of recession.

Age of Reconciliation (3300s - Present)

Peacekeeping Operations

The Interstellar Federation in contemporary times has undertook several peacekeeping operations around the universe to prevent and solve conflicts.

Demographics

Population

The Interstellar Federation is the most populous nation in the universe with an estimated population of 100.262 quadrillion. The population rose rapidly during what has been called the "Galactic Boom", between 2450 and 2600, when the population decupled from 90 trillion to 900 trillion, mostly attributed to the rapid development of high-speed warpspace travel and improvements in the standards of living across the board on most planets.

The most populous planet in the Federation is Hanxing, a massive superplanet located in the Tianchao system. It is home to nearly 1.29 trillion people and was one of the first planets colonised by the Federation. Earth, the Federation homeworld, has grown from a mere 7 billion inhabitants in the early 21st century to a massive 100.3 billion people as of 3320. The vast majority of the population do not reside on the surface of planets, due to a lack of space, but rather reside in massive sky cities, thousands of meters in the air. Earth itself has 70% of its population living in sky cities.

Rank Planet Population Planetary System
1 Hanxing 1.29 trillion Tianchao System
2 Elysium 521.9 billion Proxima Centauri System
3 Earth 100.3 billion Sol System
4 Arcadia 78.3 billion Tranquilus System
5 Nova Terra 52.2 billion Nautilus System
6 Hope 41.9 billion Initium Novum System
7 Terex 36.8 billion Vicesima Sedes System
8 Liberum Terram 27.5 billion Liberum Mundi System
9 Arvum 20.2 billion Stellae Prosperum System
10 Custodium et Stellas 19.3 billion Praesidio System
11 Croxia 18.2 billion Vulcanus Argos System
12 Gagarin 16.9 billion Vostok System

The birthrate of the Interstellar Federation is approximately 10.2 births per 1000 people and has an annual population growth rate of 1%. Currently, the Interstellar Federation is going through a slowdown in population growth, with birth rates decreasing at a rate of 0.22 births per year. In addition to this, the Interstellar Federation is home to approximately 2 trillion illegal immigrants, with 77% of them being non-human species. Various policies have been enacted in recent years to combat a surge in illegal immigrants, whose most common reasons for illegally immigrating are looking for better work and seeking asylum.

Language

The Interstellar Federation recognizes no official language but the de facto language is considered to be Galaxicon, otherwise known as "English", with a remarkable 100% literacy rate in the human language. However, most citizens know at least two languages, due to advancements in education and compulsory learning of a second language in school, with Mandarin (82%) being the second most popular and third being Spanish (68%). Galaxicon however, at a governmental level, is considered the official language. Galaxicon was standardised as the formal language for the government in 2310, after an act of Congress. Galaxicon is fundamentally the same as English, but has seen numerous modifications in vocabulary and grammatical structure over the centuries as society changes, making it distinct from the languages of old from Earth..

Politics

The Interstellar Federation is a federal constitutional democracy, where the power of the government is restricted by the supreme law of the constitution, to prevent the government abusing it's power. The Federation, due to it's massive size, relegates control over territories to regional governments, allowing them to decide on their own legislature as long as it is not in infringement of federal law and the constitution. The federal government however, still has full sovereignty over all territories and can repeal any action set in motion by regional or municipal governments. Every region/territory has a senatorial committee that represent the region at the Interstellar Congress, with each representative being able to suggest decisions and vote. When deciding on issues, the government first votes at the Interstellar Congress and the result of this vote may be challenged by the general populace in a popular referendum. After the collection of this data, a resolution is reached.

The current president is Vincent De Maser

The Interstellar government consists of three levels, often referred to as the three levels of governance: the federal government, the sectoral governments and local governments. The federal government is the supreme authority in the Federation, responsible for forming legislature through the Interstellar Congress, whose legislature affects all of the Federation and also consists of the nation's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Court. Sectoral-level governments receive all powers not given to the federal government and are responsible for legislature in their designated sector, of which there are 20 in the Federation and they consist of a defined territory inhabited by several star clusters. In many ways, regional governments are similar in concept to the federal government, but their powers only apply to the region they have authority over. Local governments are the smallest of the governmental structures and unlike regional or federal government, abide by the governance of the regional government and any legislation they submit and must be overseen by a regional government. Local governments are also divided into two parts: municipal and district governments. Municipal governments oversee one or more planetary systems, while district governments oversee single celestial bodies. Their role is to manage their celestial bodies, similar to a regional government, but the legislation they pass only affect said celestial bodies and are more directly relevant to the inhabitants of celestial bodies under them.

The Federation's executive branch operates through the presidential system, and the President of the Interstellar Federation is the highest official in the Federation and acts as both the head of state and head of government, exercising executive power. The president is allowed to give direct executive orders as they see fit, as long as it is within the bounds of the constitution and federal law. An executive order is subject to a review by the judiciary and may be overturned if seen as unconstitutional, inappropriate or lacking in major legislative support.

Law

Sectors and territories

Foreign relations

Economy

The Interstellar economy is primarily a social market economy characterised by high degrees of innovation, high productivity and abundant amounts of natural and synthetic resources. The Interstellar Federation has a GDP of $72 nonillion, highest in the universe and is also the universe's largest exporter of goods and services.

The private sector takes up approximately 72.6% of the Interstellar economy, followed up by state-run business at 18.5% and the rest by government activity. 42.9% of the private sector is made up of the service sector, followed by 31.1% being the manufacturing sector and the rest taken up by raw materials. This is because a significant portion of the raw materials sector is controlled by state-run business, after the 2337 Raw Materials and Mining Act, which declared governmental control of nearly half of the then, corrupt and monopolized raw materials sector. At a 5.3% unemployment rate, the Interstellar Federation has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the universe, which can be attributed to numerous governmental employment schemes, a booming economy and rising markets in new and innovative goods and services.

Military

Main article(s): Interstellar Armed Forces
The Interstellar military, officially The Interstellar Armed Forces is the standing military force that protects the sovereign territory of the Interstellar Federation and gives out humanitarian aid during times of disaster. The IAF is made up of two main branches; the Navy and Army. Each branch has a sub-branch under its command; the Air Force and the Marine Force, respectively. The Navy is one of the key supporting pillars of the Federation; it is responsible for the vital task of protecting all Interstellar territories and patrolling the space between star systems. The key intergalactic trade routes are protected in part by the Federation's naval forces and all major intergalactic warp gates are secured by the Navy. Without the Navy, the Federation could not exist as it does today. The Interstellar Army is responsible for defending Interstellar territories on a terrestrial level. The Army has several garrisons of troops on every Interstellar territory and maintains ground based space defences as well as the Air Force.

A squadron of Federation warships. The Federation has the largest fleet of warships in the local group.

Service into the armed forces is voluntary, although conscription can be (and has been in the past) instated at any time. To join the armed forces, an applicant must be of at least 18 years of age (although 17 is possible with parental consent), of good physical health and be a citizen of the Federation, though exceptions do exist. Currently, the armed forces is made up of 630 trillion active personnel, with 372 trillion in reserve. Approximately 2.2 million citizens enlist each year, though 21.2% on average are rejected on medical, disciplinary or legal issues. The budget for the armed forces sits at 1.656e+30 IcR each year, or 2.3% of the GDP.

The armed forces was founded on December 11, 2146, after first contact with an extraterrestrial species. This sparked concern of possible encounters with hostile civilisations and the need for a united armed forces that represented humanity on a whole was realised. The military force has always been an essential part of the Interstellar Federation, defending it during times of war, terrorism and civil unrest. Such was the case during the infamous Mars Rebellions, the Terrorist Campaign of the Milky Way and the bloody Milky Way Conflict. Due to the prevalence of threats in the universe, the Interstellar Military is one the most powerful in the universe, boasting 7.21 billion ships of various classes and the largest number of personnel, coupled with high advancements in weapons technology and a powerful industry to support it.

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